Renault Megane Renaultsport Review

Renault Megane Renaultsport 230 F1 Team R26
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Renault Megane Review

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There’s Renault and then there is Renaultsport, the specialist unit of the company that takes two, already hot hatches, to new levels of performance.

There’s Renault and then there is Renaultsport, the specialist unit of the company that takes two, already hot hatches, to new levels of performance.

Years of experience in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) allowed the Clio Cup to become the first Clio Renaultsport and it just keeps getting better.

The Megane has also benefited from the Renaultsport sparkle-dust, in the form of the Renaultsport 225 Cup and the test car, the Megane Renaultsport 230 F1Team R26. A very long name but the nomenclature is quite simple when it is broken down. The first part of the name is obvious; 230 is the amount of PS that the engine produces, F1 Team advertises some of the on-board technologies that have been handed down from the F1 racing strategies. Finally, R26 was the designation of the F1 car that was being raced to the top of the World Championship standings when the 230 Megane was launched. It’s a bit of a mouthful, so we’ll call it the R26.

By way of clarification, the Renaultsport Meganes shouldn’t be confused with the regular Megane Sport Hatch, Saloon or Tourer. That said, the names of the Renaultsport versions do tend to indicate the difference; 225 Cup and Lux and the test car, and just to prove that diesel really has ‘arrived’, there are also a dCi175 and Lux models.

The 225 Cup forms the basis of the R26, which is clearly aimed at track-day enthusiasts and people with a passion for performance. It is said to be the most potent and driver-focused Megane on the road - I’m not about to argue with the claim.

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Renault Megane Road Test Data
Model ReviewedRenault Megane Renaultsport 230 F1 Team R26
  
Body Type3-Door Hatchback
ColourLiquid Yellow
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph6.2 Seconds
Top Speed 124 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban24.6 mpg
Extra Urban42.4 mpg
Combined33.2 mpg
  
Insurance Group17
Euro NCAP Rating5
Warranty3-Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 19/05/08)£21,060 (Including £1,200 paint)

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